Senior US senators will introduce legislation intended to preserve a focus on human rights issues in Burma, amid expectations that the Obama administration will further ease or lift sanctions.
Kachin exile groups say US sanctions on the Burmese military should stay in place until the conflict in Kachin State is resolved.
Asian leaders play down tensions over the South China Sea, but Beijing voices frustration with countries outside the region “interfering” in tussles over the strategic waterway.
US ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel says the United States will continue to promote reforms in Burma so that its people can “live in harmony and enjoy full rights”.
A delegation of senior officials from the United States has left Burma with the message that “it is time to engage” the country’s military.